Vedanta Aluminium organizes blood donation camp at its Jharsuguda operations

22nd August 2022

  • Over 210 units of blood donated to blood banks of Burla and Jharsuguda

Jharsuguda, Odisha; 22nd August 2022: Vedanta Aluminium, India’s largest producer of aluminium, organized a voluntary blood donation camp at its Aluminium Smelter operations in Jharsuguda, Odisha, to support local blood banks. Employees, families and business partners joined in the blood donation camp, and over 210 units of blood were donated to the Red Cross Blood Bank at Burla and Odisha Red Cross Blood Bank at Jharsuguda. In FY22, Vedanta Aluminium contributed more than 340 units of blood to support local blood banks in and around Jharsuguda through employee volunteerism.

Speaking about Vedanta Jharsuguda’s blood donation drive, Mr. Sunil Gupta, CEO – Vedanta Ltd., Jharsuguda, said, “Blood donation is a noble cause that goes on to save many lives and we are glad to play our part in this endeavour. It heartens us to see our employees, business partners, and their families come forward to help our local blood banks in providing timely and effective care to the needy. Our community health endeavours are aimed at improving the quality of life in the region and form an integral part of our social interventions. At Jharsuguda, our deep interventions in the realms of sustainable livelihood, quality education, skill development, women’s empowerment and community infrastructure are aimed at bringing about socio-economic transformation in the lives of local communities.”

Vedanta Jharsuguda provides a wide spectrum of basic and specialized health services in and near its areas of operations in Jharsuguda, including an upcoming advanced state-of-the-art multispecialty facility – the Vedanta Pathology Lab & Diagnostic Centre, which shall offer over 500 tests and specialized services like Radiology, Mammography, ECG/PFT/TMT, Vision, Digital X-Ray, Audiometry, among others. The company operates Mobile Health Units in its areas of operation, providing basic healthcare services to more than 55,000 people annually, across 28 remote villages. Vedanta Aluminium also organizes various health camps for local communities in and around Jharsuguda. The blood donation camp was organised in association with Sambad Media House and the blood banks of Burla and Jharsuguda.

Appreciating the volunteers’ contribution, Dr. Kalpesh Kakkad, in-charge of Burla Red Cross Blood Bank, Jharsuguda, “Mega blood donation drives ensure that blood banks are well-stocked for emergencies. I commend the employees and business partners of Vedanta Aluminium Jharsuguda for admirably stepping forward for this noble cause. The blood units donated by the employee volunteers shall prove to be a boon in saving numerous lives in the coming days.”

Vedanta’s social interventions in the domains of sustainable livelihood, quality education, women empowerment, health, water and sanitation, bio-investment and community infrastructure reach out to over 79 villages in Jharsuguda and nearby areas, benefiting nearly 1.7 lakh people in a year. It empowers more than 4000 women from over 339 SHGs, provides doorstep healthcare services to about 32,000 people annually, gives educational support to more than 6400 students, has planted more than 1.48 lakh trees in partnership with locals at the community level.

Vedanta Aluminium, a business of Vedanta Limited, is India’s largest producer of aluminium, manufacturing more than half of India’s aluminium i.e., 2.26 million tonnes in FY22. The company operates a world-class 1.75 MTPA aluminium smelter and 3615 MW thermal power generation facility at Jharsuguda, in Odisha. The only Indian smelter in the global ‘1 Million Tonne’ production and export club, Vedanta Jharsuguda is a leader in value-added aluminium products that find critical applications across core industries. With its state-of-the-art facilities, unparalleled engineering prowess, R&D and innovation abilities, the company is working towards a sustainable and greener future for all by spurring emerging applications of aluminium, the ‘Metal of the Future’.

About Vedanta Limited:

Vedanta Limited, a subsidiary of Vedanta Resources Limited, is one of the world’s leading Oil & Gas and Metals company with significant operations in Oil & Gas, Zinc, Lead, Silver, Copper, Iron Ore, Steel, and Aluminium & Power across India, South Africa and Namibia. For two decades, Vedanta has been contributing significantly to nation building. Governance and sustainable development are at the core of Vedanta's strategy, with a strong focus on health, safety, and environment. Vedanta has put in place a comprehensive framework to be the ESG leader in the natural resources sector. Vedanta is committed to reducing carbon emissions to zero by 2050 or sooner and has pledged $5 billion over the next 10 years to accelerate the transition to net zero operations. Giving back is in the DNA of Vedanta, which is focused on enhancing the lives of local communities. The company’s flagship social impact program, Nand Ghars, have been set up as model anganwadis focused on eradicating child malnutrition, providing education, healthcare, and empowering women with skill development. Under the aegis of the Anil Agarwal Foundation, the umbrella entity for Vedanta’s social initiatives, the Vedanta group has pledged Rs 5000 crore over the next five years on social impact programmes with a thrust on nutrition, women & child development, healthcare, animal welfare, and grass-root level sports. Vedanta and the group companies have been featured in Dow Jones Sustainability Index, and was conferred Frost & Sullivan Sustainability Awards 2020, Golden Peacock Award for excellence in Corporate Governance 2022 and certified as a Great Place to Work 2022. Vedanta Limited is listed on the Bombay Stock Exchange and the National Stock Exchange.

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About Vedanta Aluminium Business:

Vedanta Aluminium, a business of Vedanta Limited, is India’s largest producer of aluminium, manufacturing more than half of India’s aluminium i.e., 2.29 million tonnes in FY23. It is a leader in value-added aluminium products that find critical applications in core industries. Vedanta Aluminium ranks 2nd in the Dow Jones Sustainability Index (DJSI) 2022 world rankings for aluminium industry, a reflection of its sustainable development practices. With its world-class aluminium smelters, alumina refinery and power plants in India, the company fulfils its mission of spurring emerging applications of aluminium as the ‘Metal of the Future’ for a greener tomorrow.

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